Campus Energy Management via the IP Network: A Feasibility Study for Achieving Energy Efficiency via EnergyWise (2011)

Client Organization: 
Cisco Systems
Project Location : 
Ann Arbor, MI and San Jose, CA
Summary of Project Idea: 

The goal of the project is to investigate the current state of and future potential for IT-based energy management technologies at the University of Michigan. The project consists of three components. The first centers on a live implementation of Cisco's EnergyWise network architecture on small segments of University networks. This will allow for a quantification of the potential energy savings for IP-connected devices (computers, switches, routers, phones, etc.) within a test group of network components and for projections of potential savings within a larger context at the university. Researchers will better understand how various EnergyWise usage policies (rules that determine when EnergyWise puts connected IP-devices into low power states to reduce energy consumption) affect energy savings and user acceptance of the software. The second component of the project is an identification and mapping of the organizational relationships within the university that affect the installation and activation of a network-based energy management tool such as EnergyWise. The final component is an examination of how and why IT-based energy management efforts at universities differ from those of commercial and industry sectors with particular attention on organizational and incentive structures.

Skills/Expertise Needed: 

Desired skill sets for members of the Master's Project Team:

  • General Electrical Engineering knowledge 
  • Computer Science
  • Business
  • Communications
SEAS Program Areas: 
Sustainable Systems
Funding Sources: 

Cisco internal funding with amount to be determined upon the final scope of project and required level of travel and/or internships.

Identify expected products/deliverables: 

1. UM specific architecture for UM campus and detailed design for pilot of EnergyWise and Network Building Mediator installation at SNRE and RSB.

2. Potential involvement in a Cisco internship to participate in Cisco's internal EnergyWise project.

3. UM Business case with ROI for financial and energy/environmental impact.

4. Cisco Video Production of UM Case Study.

San Jose
State or Country: 
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Jarod Kelly
Contact Phone: 
408 853 9376
Contact e-mail: 
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Sarah Howie, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Bryan Hogle, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Tim Haines, MS Sustainable Systems
  • Hunt Briggs, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
Project Status: 
Past Project